After years of sharing tales of virtual touchline glory with friends, Football Manager 2016 finally gave you a chance to go head-to-head. One of two new game modes, Fantasy Draft gave you all the same amount of cash and then let you assemble your best possible team, before throwing you together in a mini league to help separate the best from the rest.
The other new game mode was Create-A-Club, allowing you to build your own custom team and add it to any existing league (reminiscent of the popular My Club option in previous Handheld titles). In keeping with the customisation theme, FM16 also let you design a manager avatar to spring from the dugout in style and complain about dubious throw-ins.
FM16 featured improvements to the matchday experience with over 2,000 new animations helping the 3D Match Engine to shine, you had more options to plan set-pieces and a new highlights package to keep up to date with other leagues. Prozone integration then gave you authentic tools to prepare for your next big match, with more stats than ever.
Finally, Classic mode was also rebranded Football Manager Touch, which let you carry over our game in the accompanying FM Touch 2016 release for high-end smart devices.
- Fantasy Draft - Build a team and compete against friends in a mini league
- Create-A-Club - Tired of guiding your local team to global domination? Then build a completely custom team and do it with them
- Prozone Integration - Authentic tools to prepare for your next big match, with more player, team and competition stats than ever
- Improved Matchday Experience - More than 2,000 new animations, more control in planning set-pieces, and a new highlights package to keep up to date with all the leagues
- Football Manager Touch - Classic mode is now FM Touch, which lets you carry on your game in the accompanying FM Touch 2016 release on smart device
What They Said
"Football Manager is actually something of a misleading title; these days it’s more like Football Micro-Manager. And while handling the minutiae of training ground life is a relatively new, and impressive, feature, developer Sports Interactive has by no means lost track of what got it this far."
"Few game franchises have ever gripped like this one, and its symbiosis with the real sport remains rather staggering. For those who recall the heady days of Championship Manager, but who became alienated by the increasing complexity of its Football Manager replacement, FM 2016 represents an opportunity to come back. Your loved ones and work mates, however, may regret it."
"Once you get your head around everything the game offers it'll have you in its grasp, and probably won't let go for tens, if not hundreds, of hours. That doesn't mean Football Manager 2016 is perfect, far from it, but it's still a damn good game that lets armchair football fans live out their dreams better than the rest."
Designed to be played on the move, Football Manager Mobile 2016 was the most refined version of handheld Football Manager to date, allowing you to pick any team from 14 countries (including all the big European leagues) and see how far you could take them. Managing Barcelona proving a little easy? Why not see how you handle those wet and windy nights in Stoke?
This time out, we offered new tactical instructions. You could choose where your team concentrated its passing, select your main attacking threat or creative outlet, and even advise your goalkeeper on distribution. If in doubt, kick it out.
Coaches were also part of the mix now, helping to design focused training sessions for the next big match, while you could level up your management by pursuing bronze, silver and gold coaching badges that would help you to specialise in different management areas.
Not only that, but a new transfer window parity feature allowed you to start your first season with the football world as it was in real life (with only free transfers allowed), allowing you to see how you really might fare in the immediate football climate.
Having whet players' appetites for what could be possible on high-end tablets, Football Manager Touch 2016 was a veritable feast. Refined to be even more responsive and sensitive to touch control, with lots of contextual dropdowns and other helpful adjustments, it was the slickest, most cultured take on Football Manager that you could ask for on a tablet.
Of course, FM16 Touch was also available as part of FM16, and sold separately on PC and Mac, so if you had any of those versions then you were also treated to cross-save support, allowing you to continue your game on whichever device you happened to have at your disposal. The simplified take on FM - focusing on transfers, tactics, set-piece planning and opposition instructions - continued to prove popular.
On top of features like the returning Challenge mode, FM16 Touch also introduced Create-A-Club, allowing you to build up your own footballing dynasty and fill it with whoever you liked. Tired of dragging your childhood team to the pinnacle of world football every year? Then why not see how the team of your favourite childhood TV presenter fares, or perhaps you and your mates? However you play, FM16 Touch was there for you, home and away.